System Builder Marathon: High-Cost System

Component Installation

Every component in this marathon's high-end configuration was selected to fit together perfectly, yet it is a bit more complicated than the average build. We decided to take a quick walkthrough of component installation to help the less-initiated understand the process.

We began by removing the slide-out motherboard tray from the Silverstone Temjin TJ09 case, installing standoffs in the appropriate locations for each of the motherboard's mounting holes.

With the tray out of the way, we could more easily reach the mounting screws for the intake fan duct assembly. Holes in the side allow access to its mounting screws, which require a #2 Phillips screwdriver for removal. We then removed the front half of the assembly from the outer shell using screws at the top and bottom.

With the intake duct disassembled, we replaced the original fan mounting screws with the longer screws of the Swiftech H20-120 kit. These engage in threaded holes in the radiator to hold the radiator and fan in place. The forward portion of the intake duct was then replaced.

The Silverstone SST-RADSUPPORT09 brackets attach to the dual 120 mm fan radiator using short screws left over from the H20-120 installation kit. This is also the best time to install the 3/8" hose barbs and Scythe cooling fans.

Removal of the Temjin TJ09's two fan mounts allows installation of the dual 120 mm radiator assembly in its place. Notice the four screws near the upper edge of the photo, which align with four grooves in the lip of the top panel. Four corresponding mounting screws were also used on the other side. Also note that the SST-RAIDSUPPORT09 uses fine-thread screws rather than the course-thread screws that accompanied the original fan mounts; the correct screws can be found in the case's hardware pack.

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  • TDL
    Thanks for the great article - I'm having fun building this - I do have 3 questions though - the fan duct assembly fan has 3 wire sets, 1 has the 3wire motherboard connector, the second taps into a regular power lead. The third is a single wire - the case documentation does not describe that one - what is that little single lead for? Also the motherboard sound card has some connectors on it - I assume one is for the case headphone/mic lead? Third, should teflon tape be used in the dual radiator threads if not how tight is tight enough for the O-rings? Thanks great article!
  • Dax3000
    Hi Thanks For The Great Article - I Am Also Building A System With A Few Modifications I Loved Asus Boards But Can Never Seem To Overclock Them At All So I Am Going With A EVGA 780i FTW when they come out, THat Processor IS Sweet But No Way CAn I JUstify PAying $1060 or more here in canada for 1 Pc Component when i already own three computers, I was thinking maybe a Q6850 when they come out, i have changed the middle fan in my case already and i am just waiting on my 120 rad to get here as i already have the other parts from another computer i built that i couldn't use so that saved me a few dollars:) and i can't find that power supply anywhere so i am gonna do with a X3 1000 watt from ultra i hope it's good enough. and since i am not a really good overclocker no point in risking a high end system by messing around with 2 expensive graphics cards will 2 9800GTX+ work for me ? and omost importantly after my system is finished and filled how do i top it up if it needs more water do i have to take the top rad down to fill it everytime or can i just add water in to the same rad. thanks alot of your help and keep up the great work.
  • DaveCharleson
    I've been installing and have three questions. First, there seems to be no pump in this system - have I just missed something?

    Second, the twin fan radiator seems to draw the air from inside the case up through the radiator and then out the top of the case. Wouldn't you want to draw cooler air from the outside past the radiator?

    Third, I don't see any connection to the video card although the 880GTX card is built for water cooling. Wouldn't you want to include this in the loop?

    This is my first build with water cooling so sorry if the questions belie this.
  • jimwalk
    The Arctic Silver instructions for applying to Intel Quad Core CPU W/Heatspreader are at